Say I “Zoo”

Your Zoo is the place for a wild wedding! Toledo Zoo has a wide variety of ceremony and reception venues throughout our 75+ acre grounds, each with their own uniqueness!

Did zoo know, the Toledo Zoo hosts approximately 50 weddings and over 200 corporate events each year on our grounds? This chic and beyond unique wedding will be an event like no other!

Tell us your wild love story or nominate a pair of lovebirds to win an exclusive, one-of-a-kind wedding experience at your Toledo Zoo! Entries must include a recent photo of the couple and details on why they would be the perfect pair to “Say I Zoo” in 400 words or less.

Contest opens on March 5, 2018 and closes at noon on April 2, 2018.
Voting on the finalists will open April 20, 2018 and close May 21, 2018.
Winning couple will be announced on May 25, 2018.

Hosting an event soon? Check out the facilities and other fun group activities we offer at the Toledo Zoo here.


Ceremony & Reception Package for up to 150 people
(Valid 2019 ONLY)

• Ceremony in the Formal Gardens

• Reception in the newly renovated Museum of Science

• On-grounds Event Package

• Unique Toledo Zoo Animal Encounter

• Flowers from Hafner Florist

• Cake from Eston's Gourmet Creations

• Photography from Simply Captivating Photography

• Videography from Fordham Footage Cinematography

• Upgraded linen from I Do Chair Covers

• Upgraded Ceremony Chairs from Chiavari Chair Toledo

• Wedding Planning Services from Bee for the Day

• DJ Services from Decorative Sound

• Officiant Services from Jeff Cobb

• Honeymoon Suite with complimentary breakfast at Radisson Hotel at the University of Toledo

• One year of Toledo Zoo Membership

*All dates and offerings subject to availability. Additional add-ons at winner's expense.
Rehearsal Dinner Package for up to 50 people
(Valid 2018 or 2019)

• Rehearsal Dinner in the Aquarium

• Exclusive access to Touch Tank and Live Dive in the 90,000 gallon reef exhibit

• On-grounds Event Package

• Photo booth and caricature artist from Kaman’s Art Shoppes, Inc.

*All dates and offerings subject to availability. Additional add-ons at winner’s expense.
Bridal Party Bash Package for up to 20 people
(Valid 2018 or 2019)

• Aerial Adventure Course All-in-one Package (full course, locker and go-pro rentals) OR Lights Before Christmas drop-in with tickets and warming station with famous Zoo cut-out cookies and hot chocolate

• Exclusive access to the Tower Ridge Giraffe Feeding Experience OR LBC ride tickets

• Evening Package with hair and make-up styling at Bloom Studio Salon and 3-hour deluxe limo service from Limo Toledo

*All dates and offerings subject to availability. Additional add-ons at winner’s expense.

Toledo Zoo Wedding and Event Spaces

Malawi Event Center
Seating Capacity 500
This private event space is set in the midst of the Africa! exhibit. Enjoy the seclusion and beauty of this newly-renovated facility, fully equipped with lighting and sound. Ask about adding cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Africa! Overlook. The Malawi Event Center offers a memorable and versatile environment for your wedding reception.

Museum of Science
Opening Spring 2019
Seating Capacity 150-180
The newly renovated Museum of Science provides a unique combination of impressive historical beauty and un¬matched natural surroundings with a fresh new layout design! The former Indoor Theatre has been transformed into an in-set customizable catering space, complete with dance floor, state-of-the-art sound system, seating and mingling areas. The adjacent two-story tropical green house and seasonal native prairie exhibits provide exquisite natural backdrops for pictures, while the balcony overlooking the Great Hall provides unique views for guests to enjoy during cocktail hour!

The Lodge
Seating Capacity 120-150
This premier banquet facility will transport you and your guests to the wilds of Africa. Decorated with exotic artifacts, the Lodge is a dramatic backdrop for your wedding reception and includes a 16’ x 16’ dance floor. This state-of-the-art facility is adjacent to the Primate Forest, transforming your celebration into a real safari adventure! The attached outdoor Beastro area is also included weather permitting.

Seating Capacity 80
Our dynamic Aquarium creates an exotic evening in the tropics! Nibble on hors d’oeuvres next to our coral reef or sip a cocktail while our sharks watch your every move. This rental facility is the only place in Toledo where the atmosphere will always be warm!

Arctic Encounter®
Seating Capacity 50 (Buffet Service Only)
The Arctic Encounter® is the coolest place to host your wedding! Enjoy your special day surrounded by waterfalls, running streams, artificial rock and ice exhibits. Ask about having the polar bears out to play!

Say I Zoo Vendors

First Prize Package Sponsors

Second Prize Package Sponsors

Third Prize Package Sponsors

Bloom Studio Salon
Styling Services

Limo Toledo
Limo Services


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